Effective mechanisms should be created for the implementation of agreements on the expansion of cooperation between Ukraine and Japan in the sphere of nuclear safety.

Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Andriy Kliuyev announced this in an interview with UKRINFORM, while commenting on last week's signing of an intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the sphere of response to emergencies at nuclear power plants.

He said that the document had created legal principles for the further integration of scientific and technological capabilities and resources, as well as for the use of the experience of experts from both countries in overcoming the consequences of accidents at nuclear power plants.

Kliuyev said that Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant could be a platform for such cooperation. Ukraine, with the assistance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), is planning to proceed to the creation of an international research center at the plant. The NSDC secretary recalled that Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych called on countries that use nuclear energy for peaceful purposes to actively participate in the work of the center. Its developments could become the property of scientists from around the world and a significant contribution to improving global nuclear safety, he said.

"Countries that have lived through such terrible disasters at nuclear power plants are quite naturally trying to coordinate efforts not only in eliminating their consequences, but also in preventing them in future. We are very grateful to Japan and other countries for their assistance in overcoming the consequences of the accident at Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant. The successful results of last year's international donor conference help confidently switch to the next stage of the construction of a new confinement over the emergency reactor of the Chornobyl NPP. For our part, we are ready to use our experience accumulated over the past 25 years to help the Japanese side tackle the consequences of the accident at the Fukushima-1 plant,” Kliuyev said.

The NSDC secretary also said that Ukraine plans to deepen cooperation in the development of nuclear technology with other countries, first and foremost, with Russia, the United States and EU countries. Kliuyev said that Ukraine could soon obtain the status of associate member of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). He said that this would significantly increase the participation of Ukrainian scientists in promising international projects. The NSDC secretary said that Ukrainian scientists had effectively cooperated with CERN for many years - they successfully participated in a project to create the Large Hadron Collider and other experimental devices.

Kliuyev said that it was important for Ukraine to expand the practical use of new technologies and the potential of the high-tech industry.

The secretary of the National Security and Defense Council said that the upbringing of a new generation of scientists able to develop national science and technology in broad integration into global scientific processes was important for Ukraine's future. He said that respective programs were being implemented in Ukrainian education, particularly by the Minor Academy of Sciences. For example, a special training program as part of the CERN project "Scientific school for Ukrainian physics teachers" was implemented at the end of last year. The NSDC secretary said that from time to time teleconferences are organized for young scientists with the world's largest nuclear research laboratory, during which Ukrainian students and senior schoolchildren communicate with world-famous scientists. This year, following the All-Ukrainian contest of research works by the students of the Minor Academy of Science, 12 best young physicists from Ukraine should visit the CERN laboratory and see the Large Hadron Collider, Kliuyev said.

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